By Bronwyn Barnes
Updated December 30, 2012 at 08:00 PM EST
Lewis Bentley Beard
Credit: DreamWorks; Murray Close
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From the hairy dwarves in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey to the scruffy cast of the animated flick Brave, 2012 was the year of the beard. But there were only two actors who put their every follicle into playing characters with distinctive facial hair — Daniel Day Lewis and Wes Bentley.

To play our nation’s 16th president in Lincoln, Lewis grew out his own whiskers and had them sculpted into Abe’s signature chin curtain.

In order to maintain the stylized look of Seneca Crane’s artfully manicured beard, Bentley spent three hours a day in the makeup chair while shooting The Hunger Games.

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